S – Jabrill Peppers: STUD
On Washington’s first play from scrimmage, Peppers caught up with running back Antonio Gibson deep downfield and knocked the ball out with his helmet, after about 27 players tried to recover the fumble before Peppers finally fell on it. On the Giants’ ensuing possession, New York took a 3-0 lead with 9:35 remaining in the first quarter.
While Peppers’ first quarter fumble recovery led to points, it wasn’t even his most impactful interception of the game.
With 2:18 remaining, Alex Smith was facing an onslaught of pressure on a Giants blitz and put the ball up for grabs for no one in particular, but Peppers pulled down the interception to halt Washington’s drive and give the Giants’ offense a chance to salt out the game.
Even though Jones and the offense went three-and-out, Peppers’ timely turnover scuttled Washington’s best chance at a comeback.
Peppers finished with six tackles, one interception, three pass breakups, and a fumble recovery.